Iâ€™d like to kick-off with something that weâ€™ve all been afflicted by at some point in our livesâ€¦the badly dubbed advert.Â Iâ€™ll move on to some examples further on, but I think what is the question here is just a big fat, WHY?Â Surely if you, as a company can afford to advertise on TV, you have a decent bank balance and can afford an extra few grand to pay local actors and make your advert.Â However crappy and cheap looking it may well be.
And just as surely, if you donâ€™t want to pay out for local actors, then avoid having conversations in your ads.Â Just avoid the issue and spare us all these awfully dubbed scenes of domestic bliss and harmony â€“ even if in some cases theyâ€™re so horrifically awful theyâ€™re funny.Â Donâ€™t get me wrongâ€¦ads donâ€™t all have to be amazing; I understand you donâ€™t need a field of burning sugar cane to sell window cleaner.Â But they should at least treat the audience and lest we forget, customers with a bit of respect and a modicum of sense.
Itâ€™s not that Iâ€™m even in the market for a lot of these products â€“ I donâ€™t like chocolate, donâ€™t have grey hair that I want to cover-up, donâ€™t like cold rice pudding served in a tiny plastic pot, donâ€™t have spots, can wipe my own bottom without the help of a cartoon frog and donâ€™t have a problem with bad smells in my home.Â But what I am in the market for is an advertiser who perhaps has a vague cultural interest in the markets theyâ€™re advertising in; who can actually be arsed to pay a bit more to have a better end product than the competition.
Over the years there have been quite a few no doubt, but hereâ€™s my selection, past and present.Â Please comment and add some more.Â Plus a clip of a particularly bad example from the people at Glade and Mr Muscle.Â Enjoy.
(Youâ€™ll notice thereâ€™s a common theme across the adverts / products â€“ they are all what is known as FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) and are all made by huge corporations: Ferrero, P&G, SCJohnson etc.Â Quite clearly they donâ€™t give that much of a sh*t, despite the billions they make each year).
Ferrero Rocher (a classic in the 70s/80s and still a classic today), Lindt chocolate adverts.Â Oust and Febreeze.Â Muller Rice.Â Just for Men.Â Kinder Surprise.Â Clearasil.Â Kandoo kiddies bottom wipes.